It has been announced that GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF), has chosen Cadence Design Systems as the primary EDA tool vendor for use in Avera Semi, a GF subsidiary, for advanced node chip design projects. The Avera Semi engineering team has reportedly come to rely on the features, capacity, speed and scalability of the Cadence digital and signoff, system and verification, custom IC and PCB design and analysis tools and flows.
For GF, establishing Cadence as its primary vendor has enabled them to improve engineering productivity.
Avera Semi has successfully completed several large, complex 12 and 14nm tapeouts and delivered production designs using Cadence flagship solutions such as the Innovus Implementation System, the Genus Synthesis Solution, the Tempus Timing Signoff Solution and Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulation as well as the Virtuoso custom IC design platform, Spectre circuit simulation platform and Allegro and Sigrity tools, which are part of following product categories:
Kevin O’Buckley, GM at Avera Semi, stated: “Today’s announcement is another solid step in our collaborative journey to achieve a higher level of productivity through Cadence’s design flow. We have already deployed the Cadence flows to complete a number of successful production designs for our customers using the GF 12nm and 14nm FinFET process technologies and will extend our collaboration with Cadence on advanced nodes.
“Standardising on Cadence’s custom, digital and IC package flows and verification solutions will help us master new challenges encountered at advanced nodes and expand our leadership in designs for data centres, wired communications, and machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.”
Dr Chin-Chi Teng, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Digital & Signoff Group at Cadence, added: “Avera Semi uses Cadence as its primary supplier due to many years of successful collaborations on large, complex designs that met evolving market demands.
“We are always working to optimise design flow speed, throughput and provide differentiated tool features to deliver best-in-class PPA to customers. As we expand upon our longstanding relationship with Avera Semi, their customers can also benefit from our continued innovation and dedication to advancing ASIC design.”